High Impact Prevention Services for Youth
What is HIPSY?
High Impact Prevention Services for Youth (HIPSY) is a state-funded program that provides HIV/STD prevention, access to health care, and other supportive services for high-risk youth ages 13-24 years old. Services include:
- Free and confidential peer-to-peer outreach within the community
- Evidenced-based prevention workshops
- Individual sessions that help youth set individual prevention plans, referrals, and youth events
Because statistics show that 1 in 5 of all new HIV infections are youth 13-24 and 50% of all new STD’s diagnosed each year are youth 13-24, this has become a public health approach to disease prevention in which proven, cost-effective, and scalable interventions are implemented for preventing the greatest amount of infections, given the available resources.
What Does HIPSY Do?
Provides accurate and relevant HIV/STD prevention information
Arranges for HIV testing (10-20 min results) and STD screening
Provides access to resources and condoms
Helps with the process of getting medical insurance when needed
Offers prevention workshops providing accurate and relevant HIV/STD prevention
Provides a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth
Incorporates one-on-one sessions for individual prevention plans
Offers group and personal support for people living with HIV
“This program has helped me to become a better person. It has helped me with social skills and understanding what is going on in the community.”
“ I feel valued and supported. The staff gives me the motivation to be better and step up.”
“This program not only made me into a better leader, but it added more leadership to my personality.”
- Ages 13-24
- Residence in Monroe County